Christopher Flavin – Keynote Speaker

Former president of the Worldwatch Institute. Founding member of the Board of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and member of the National Academy of Sciences Board.

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Specialist Subjects

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy policy
  • Connections between economic
  • social and environmental trends


  • English


Christopher Flavin is President of the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington based international research organization focused on the global connections between economic, social, and environmental trends. He co-authors the Institute’s annual State of the World report, published in 36 languages.

Flavin has spent more than two decades documenting the vast potential of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency on a planetary scale. His 1994 study Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution foresaw key contemporary trends. He is also co-author of Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Sustainable Global Economy.

Christopher Flavin is a founding director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. He serves on the board of the Climate Institute and on the advisory board of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is also a member of the Greentech Innovation Network, an investment initiative of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Together with colleagues, he advised the Chinese government on their landmark renewable energy legislation of 2005.

His books, articles and research cover solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy and hydrogen. In addition to his extensive publication with Worldwatch, Flavin has appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, and Technology Review, as well as on media outlets including the BBC, CNN, the PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. He has testified before national and state legislatures and addressed business, policy and university audiences on five continents.

Christopher Flavin speaks on energy policy and renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels and hydrogen, as well as on breaking our addiction to oil, peak oil and gas, nuclear energy, the climate crisis, new technologies as business opportunities, and the implications for both the economy and the environment of rise of China and India

He participated in notable international conferences, including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992) and the Climate Change Conference in Kyoto, Japan (1997). He has testified before national and state legislatures and meets frequently with government and international leaders.

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